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The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:45 pm
by kickassclassical
Well shucks if we couldn't load that title with even more keywords like "Looney Tunes," "cartoons," "Bugs Bunny," "sunrise," "rising," "spring," "springtime," "renewal," "nature," "pastoral scene," "on the farm," "calm," "flute," "song," etc. And we said "waking up," but did we mention "wake up?"

If you're looking for a piece that matches this description, it's probably one of these:

The "Call To The Cows" section of the "William Tell Overture" by Gioacchino Rossini
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"Morning Mood" by Edvard Grieg
Preview | iTunes | Amazon

We mention both because they sound strikingly similar to the untrained ear, and they are used interchangeably as musical cues to signify morning - and to set the stage for a new day - in a myriad of movies, TV shows and cartoons (usually accompanied by the sound of birds chirping or a rooster crow).

We mention "Call To The Cows" from Rossini's "William Tell Overture" first because we have observed that it is used just as much as Grieg's "Morning" for this purpose, but never seems to get as much credit. Why? We have a few theories...

1. It doesn't have "morning" in the name. Yeah... Grieg's piece sort of has the advantage there.

2. When most people think of the "William Tell Overture," they think of the kickassical 3.5 minute finale, not the entire 12 minute piece. The "Call To The Cows" portion is from the full overture, which is definitely overshadowed by the finale.

3. Well-meaning experts on other classical music forums see a question about "morning," so they respond with the title "Morning." It's an honest oversight, made by people in a hurry to discuss obscure, complex pieces rather than simple "cartoon music."

The fact is, we have heard from just as many - if not more - people thanking us for helping them to identify "Call To The Cows" from the "William Tell Overture" as the morning music they heard.

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Re: The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:07 pm
by LoboLoco1981

Thanks for this, i was originally looking for Grieg's piece, but i rediscovered Rossini's beacause of you!

Hovewer, the one i had in my head this morning is another one. It's in D major, and it goes like this, for what i can remember (i'm assuming you're a musician...):

F#3/4 D1/4 A1/3 D1/3 F#1/3 B1 C#1/2 D1/2

1 = Black note (one quarter of a 4/4 measure), at 40 BPM

I you play it on the piano like this, i'm pretty sure you'll recognize it

Let me know ;-) Thanks in advance!

Re: The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:29 pm
by kickassclassical

Our Twitter peeps identified the piece as Jules Massenet's "Meditation" from "Thais."

Hear it:

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Re: The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:18 am
by pattang
Can you tell me where I can download the exact piece of "call to the cows" that you have on your "preview" at kickass. When you go to I Tunes there is a different version which is not as good.

Re: The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:21 pm
by kickassclassical

The "call to the cows" section of the William tell Overture is in the middle of the full 12 minute overture.

A lot of music stores sell the 3 minute finale (the most famous part) separate from the full 12 minute overture.

Here are links to the full 12 minute overture, with the "call to the cows" section.

Amazon mp3:


FYI, the mp3 is 99 cents at Amazon. Unfortunately, iTunes usually makes you buy the whole album for pieces that are over 10 minutes or so (like this one). One more reason we sometimes prefer Amazon mp3 over iTunes.


Re: The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:29 pm
by ollady07874
Hi - I'm trying to locate a version of Call To the Cows with sound effects - birds chirping, a cow mooing, etc - what you would hear on Bugs Bunny or most recently the Night & Day short that preceded TOY STORY 3. ANy idea where I can find that? I would like to use it to open a scene of a play I am directing. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you! :)

Re: The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:05 am
by kickassclassical
Here's another one...

Debussy "Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun."

Preview | iTunes | Amazon


Re: The "Classical Morning Sunrise Waking Up" Music

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:05 am
by irenebl
has anyone located call to the cows music yet? Im wanting to use the sound effects on a short film im making